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Should I Get Tested After Shaking Hands

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Test came back Reactive

Dear Dr. Bob,My boyfriend recently tested positive. He told me a month later and the next day I did a rapid test which came back negative. About 6 weeks later I went and took another rapid test which came back reactive. I gave blood which I am still...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...status. If you're HIV positive, you should see an HIV specialist for additional evaluation. That your boyfriend only recently tested positive does not necessarily mean he only recently became infected. It's possible he's been HIV positive for a... Read more »

please answer, if you can single mom - cant shake the worry

Hi, doctor bob. I hear you're the best of the best so let's give it a shot.Last weekend I went out... Read more »

Should I get tested?

I'm in healthcare. While in the ER, a known Hep C patient grabbed my hand and shook it before I... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...movie theater seats. Some reports have falsely indicated that CDC "confirmed" the presence of HIV in the needles. CDC has not tested such needles nor has CDC confirmed the presence or absence of HIV in any sample related to these rumors. The... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing

... What Is HIV Testing? How Do I Get Tested? Who Should Get Tested? When Should I Get Tested? Do Any Tests Work Sooner After Infection? What Does It Mean if I Test Read more »
The Well Project

Did You Just Test HIV Positive?

...sick or dying. You may be scared that you will not see the children in your life grow up. In the beginning, it may seem that testing positive is a death sentence, but this is not true. There is life after a positive test. In fact, many... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

... Why Should You Get Tested for HIV? What Are HIV Antibody Tests? ELISA Western Blot (WB) Assay Indirect Immunofluorescence Read more »
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shaking someone's bloody hand

Posted by 613, 2 Replies
...2 years ago at a concert, this guy cut him self in a mosh pit. He shook my hand and had blood on it. Freaking out, I washed it off using water. I dont think they had soap, and I was not actively bleeding either. Read more »

Can you catch hiv from this encounter

Posted by kris, 2 Replies
...sweating and a bunch of odd symptoms that I noticed could be hiv. I have NOT had unprotected sex in over a year and have been tested. Do you think I caught hiv in this way? What if the two of us had cuts on our knuckles. Also, I know this is odd... Read more »

I want to believe hiv cant be caught this way. but

Posted by nicejack, 3 Replies
...to actually feel a wet glob of blood on my hand or is hiv so microscopic that a speck would be enough to infect. Should I get tested or am I 100 percent in the clear (at least from this exposure) Read more »

Just took the test & shaking!

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...sent me to Quest Labs to get the blood drawn and he told me to call him at the end of next week for the results. I was only tested for HIV1. Should have been tested for HIV2 also? Did I make a mistake by not asking for both tests or will the... Read more »